Edward Burtynsky is one of the most important and well-known landscape photographers working today. In his thirty-year career, he has documented man’s large-scale intervention in the landscape, from marble quarries to chemical runoff to manufacturing in China. His work is collected in major museums around the world, sold in top galleries, and gathered in large-format, expensive books. The artist wanted to reach a new audience with an interactive app based on his groundbreaking OIL project.

Our goal was to allow users to explore the intricately detailed photographs of OIL on the high-quality screen of the iPad while adding a number of key interactive features, including new video interviews, audio commentary, and maps to locate each image. (Burtynsky traveled from Azerbaijan to Alberta to Detroit for the project.) The OIL app also presented new work: Burtynsky’s aerial images documenting the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. OIL features more than 100 of Burtynsky’s photographs, each seen full-screen in high-resolution and expandable to zoom into detail.

Available on the App Store



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